Official website of Boston-based fiddler and music educator Ellery Klein
Johnson String & Carriage House Violins
New England's premier violin shop in Newton, MA for rentals, sales, supplies and accessories.
Ask for Julie Metcalf, my band-mate and store manager, and tell her I sent you!
Acoustic Strings of New England
Run out of Keene, NH, but with a shop in Somerville's Armory for the Arts, Acoustic is my second choice for violin rentals. Slightly cheaper and much closer than Johnson's, and very friendly, if a little harder to get a hold of.
Big online strings shop- they are actually staffed by people that know and love all things violin, so please support them over Amazon! They will ship strings for free. They also have a good selection of cheaper carbon fiber bows.
Another large online strings shop, like Shar.
My main curriculum for most students is the online resource www.fiddlequest.com.
I work through Level 5 and then move to a more individualised curriculum including many tunes commonly played in the Boston Irish, Scottish, Old Time and Contradance scenes.
I also use books from the curriculum list to the right.
Trinity College London Violin Scales, Arpeggios and Studies: Initial- Grade 8
Sensible Scales Plus! For Violin & Fiddle by Julianna Waller
Scales for Young Violinists, by Barbara Berber
Fiddle Time Joggers (#1), Runners (#2) and Sprinters (#3) by Kathy and David Blackwell
Doflein Violin Method Books 1-4
Monthly Young Fiddlers Workshop Series: http://www.bsfc.org/our-activities/young-fiddlers-workshop-series/
Scottish music workshop/jam for those under 25 - taught by Katie McNally, Hanneke Cassel and other great teachers.
Boston Scottish Fiddle Orchestra
Fiddle Hell runs Thursday -Sunday the first weekend in November. Over 600 fiddlers of all ages gather for workshops and concerts . There are lots of youth activities, mini concerts, and a Saturday evening concert. You can go and pay for just one day.
Second Friday of the Month ALl-AGES Irish Learners Session
Learn a tune, play some tunes at Powers Music School.
Boston CCE Youth Irish Music Class
The Boston Bluegrass Union runs a free kids' jam session.
2nd Sunday of each month, 1-3:30pm – September – June
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for the locations or additional information, or call 617-738-8198.
String Traditions (formerly Fiddling on the Hill) - July week day program, run by Ellery in Belmont, MA